Cause of fire unknown

Firefighters work at the back of the building housing Surge Staffing and three apartments Tuesday.

The cause of Tuesday’s fire at three buildings on Sycamore Street was ruled undetermined.

Chief Kevin Veletean of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said there was electricity running through the area, and occupants of one apartment said they smoked cigarettes in the area of the fire’s origin. Neither could be ruled out as the cause, he said.

Veletean said the fire started in the rear of the building near the second-floor back porch and was unintentional.

Firefighters from Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fostoria Fire Division were summoned after the fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at 6 Sycamore St., home to Paradise Nails and Hair Salon.

Surge Staffing at 2 Sycamore St. and three apartments above it also were on fire, and a duplex at 10 and 12 Sycamore St. was filled with smoke.

Veletean said he met with an insurance adjuster and the property owner Wednesday. A cleaning company already started remediation and was starting to clean, he said.

Electricity to the duplex had been restored Tuesday, though Surge Staffing, Paradise Nails and the apartments did not have electricity Wednesday night, Veletean said.

The fire displaced seven adults and three teenagers. No one was hurt, Veletean said.